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Grapefruit Bread/Muffins 

July 6, 2016

Late winter I received a lot of grapefruits in our CSA box.  Neither of us really like them and after two weeks I needed to find another options to eat these other than plain.  So adding sugar and baking makes everything better right?  Here’s a bread/muffin recipe I used.  Suddenly grapefruits are much more palatable!  I wasn’t sure if I should be including all the grapefruit juice into the recipe so I didn’t.

Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 15 min for muffins
Total Time: 40 min
Yield: 12 muffins or 1 loaf
Taste: Better than plain grapefruit:)

INGREDIENTS:

Bread
3/4 cup pecans (3 oz.)
2 cups white whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 large eggs
6 oz. nonfat vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup milk
3 Tbs. canola oil
2 grapefruit, supremed (see note below), segments coarsely chopped, juice reserved for Glaze
1 Tbs. grapefruit zest
½ cup chopped crystallized ginger

Glaze
2/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

PROCEDURE:

Bread

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 9- x 5-inch loaf pan or muffin tin cups with cooking spray.

2. Spread pecans on baking sheet, and toast 6 to 7 minutes, or until pecans are fragrant, tossing once. Cool slightly, and chop.

3. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in large bowl. Set aside.

4. Beat eggs in separate bowl. Whisk yogurt, milk, and canola oil into eggs. Stir in grapefruit pieces and zest.

5. Fold egg mixture into flour mixture until just moistened and no lumps remain. Fold in crystallized ginger and chopped pecans. Transfer to prepared loaf pan, and bake 55 to 60 minutes, or until deep brown around edges, and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 1 hour on wire rack; remove from pan, and cool completely.  If making muffins bake for 15-20 minutes.

Glaze

6. Whisk together confectioners’ sugar and 1 Tbs. grapefruit juice in small bowl. Stir in additional ½ tsp. juice to achieve thick, but pourable, consistency. Add remaining ½ tsp. juice drop by drop, if necessary. Place foil beneath wire rack to catch drips. Turn loaf upside down so flat side is up, and drizzle glaze over loaf. Allow glaze to set before slicing.

Note: How to Supreme a Grapefruit
Grapefruits can be annoying trying to get the good stuff removed from the peel and membrane.  Supreming is a technique used to make that a little easier:

1. Trim ends all the way to juicy flesh.
2. Stand fruit upright, and remove peel and pith with knife, following curve of fruit from top to bottom. (A small, serrated paring knife works best.)
3. Holding fruit over a bowl, cut sections along membranes as if you were slicing out a wedge, releasing them one by one.
4. Set supremes aside, and squeeze membrane “skeleton” over bowl to release any remaining juice.
 Source: Vegetarian Times 

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